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Minnesota City Issues Cease-and-Desist Order: Islamic Center’s Security Vehicle Looks Too Similar to a Police Car

Minnesota City Issues Cease-and-Desist Order: Islamic Center’s Security Vehicle Looks Too Similar to a Police Car

APR 20, 2019 4:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER38 COMMENTS

“Brandmire said the vehicle reminded him of vehicles he has heard were used in other states like New York to ‘enforce Sharia Law.'”

There is actually no evidence that vehicles in New York or anywhere else in the U.S. are being used to enforce Sharia. However, Brandmire asks a good question: “Why do they need a patrol car?”

Why indeed? “Mohayadin Mohamed, president of the center, said the vehicle is used for safety and security purposes such as directing traffic. ‘It’s common sense for when you have that number of people coming at the same time,’ he said. ‘Because we’re a private organization, we feel that it’s our responsibility to at least have some presence of security on our premises.'”

Sure, but organizations of all kinds have security vehicles that aren’t made to resemble police cars. Does any in St. Cloud have a faux-police car? Is the Islamic Center trying to further the idea that “Islamophobia” is a massive problem, and that Muslims in St. Cloud are subject to widespread persecution and harassment, despite the fact that FBI statistics every year show that anti-Semitic attacks are far more common than attacks on innocent Muslims?

Also, Bradmire is wrong about vehicles enforcing Sharia in the U.S., but there have been self-appointed Sharia police in Britain and Germany. Is it inconceivable that they could arise in the U.S.? No, but concerns about that possibility will be drowned out by a chorus of charges of “Islamophobia.”

“Islamic Center balks at City Councilor’s complaint on security car that resembles others,” by Jenny Berg, Saint Cloud Times, April 18, 2019 (thanks to Elizabeth):

ST. CLOUD — The city of St. Cloud this week issued a cease-and-desist order against the Islamic Center of St. Cloud because its security vehicle looks too similar to a police vehicle.

But the president of the center said Thursday they modeled the vehicle’s design after other area security vehicles at organizations such as CentraCare Health and Crossroads Center.

Now the city is now looking to curb the use of all non-compliant security vehicles, including those in use at religious centers, businesses and schools such as St. Cloud State University.

Mayor Dave Kleis was alerted to the issue Sunday when City Council member Paul Brandmire called him to report the vehicle, which he said looked similar in color and design to a St. Cloud squad car.

Brandmire said the vehicle reminded him of vehicles he has heard were used in other states like New York to “enforce Sharia Law.”

“That raised all kind of red flags,” Brandmire said Wednesday. “Why do they need a patrol car?”

He said he didn’t know what the vehicle was being used for in St. Cloud.

Mohayadin Mohamed, president of the center, said the vehicle is used for safety and security purposes such as directing traffic.

“It’s common sense for when you have that number of people coming at the same time,” he said. “Because we’re a private organization, we feel that it’s our responsibility to at least have some presence of security on our premises.

“They are not out patrolling any neighborhood. We are not going out into the city and walking around,” Mohamed added. “This is specifically for our building and our parking lots.”

St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton said the city talked to the vehicle’s owners Tuesday after finding the vehicle violated state law because only law enforcement can use certain colors such as white for public safety vehicles.

After investigating the center’s vehicle, Kleis said, the city found other area security vehicles also not in compliance with state statute because many are white with “security” written on the side….

“We’re going to make sure we treat all of those vehicles exactly the same,” he said….

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